Definition of engross in English:


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transitive verb

[with object]
  • 1Absorb all the attention or interest of.

    • ‘the notes totally engrossed him’
    absorbed, involved, immersed, caught up, rapt, interested
    absorbing, involving, engaging, riveting, gripping, captivating, compelling, compulsive, irresistible, arresting, interesting, fascinating, intriguing, enthralling, spellbinding, entrancing, bewitching, beguiling, hypnotic, mesmeric
    preoccupy, absorb, engage
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    1. 1.1 archaic Gain or keep exclusive possession of (something)
      • ‘the country had made the best of its position to engross trade’
  • 2Law
    Produce (a legal document) in its final or definitive form.

    copy, reproduce, type, type out
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/inˈɡrōs/ /ɪnˈɡroʊs/ /enˈɡrōs/ /ɛnˈɡroʊs/


Late Middle English (formerly also as ingross): based on en-, in-‘in’ + late Latin grossus ‘large’. Sense 1 is from Old French en gros, from medieval Latin in grosso ‘wholesale’; sense 2 comes from Anglo-Norman French engrosser, medieval Latin ingrossare, from Old French grosse, medieval Latin grossa ‘large writing’, with reference to clerks writing out documents in large, clear writing.